10 most unusual hotel jobs in the world
Some high end hotels have created rare and unusual jobs that pique the interests of their clientele or highlight the specific location or culture of the property. Forget the bellboy, concierge or housekeeping jobs, these gigs showcase expert coaching, animal wrangling, camping butlers and much more. It’s all meant to create an exclusive reputation for the hotel and to enhance the guest experience.
1. Barbecue Butler: Because of its location in Greensboro, Georgia, the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation is located right in the heart of the southern barbeque tradition. The Barbecue Butler (one of the Lodge’s chefs) assists guests in selecting their meats, sauces and smoking “woods” and then prepares the meal personally at the guest’s cottage. It’s not only a feast for the senses, but a cooking lesson and a very special memory. Their top request is steak paired with their ever-popular peach barbecue sauce.
2. Falconer: In Southern California, the Montage Laguna Beach employs a falcon and other birds of prey to help control pest birds that are feeding and nesting on the property. A licensed falconer trains falcons, owls and hawks to chase away the problem birds that quickly learn they are not welcome, but are not hurt in the process. The falconer is available to answer questions from guests about the birds of prey and his role in caring for and training them.
3. Dog Surfing Instructor: Southern California is also known for its surfing culture and at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego; your dog can learn to ride the waves right along with you. The resort’s “Su’ruff Camp” offers canine instruction to help your dog ride human-sized surf boards at the Coronado’s special dog beach. No need to leave Fido behind… dogs are welcome at this special beach.
4. Recovery Concierge: When you’re in New Orleans, you party hard and a “recovery concierge” is a welcome service for guests suffering from hangovers. The bartenders at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans do double duty creating drinks to ease the pain and bounce back for another night on the town. The most popular remedy: The Cure Royal (which is really a Kir Royale of Champagne and crème de cassis) and Bloody Mary. Needless to say, these services are most in demand during Mardi Gras.
5. Tea Sommelier: When in London, you simply must enjoy the award-winning afternoon tea at The Lanesborough. The Tea Sommelier will guide you in matching the food with your tea preferences and will advise you on the finer points in the “art of tea.” The hotel offers a signature blend called Lanesborough Afternoon Tea Blend which is a Darjeeling with Assam and a hint of Rose Congou.
6. Camping Butler: The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana has a staff of 25 “Camping Butlers” to arrange special outings, campfire treats, horseback riding lessons and more… all geared toward ensuring that guests enjoy the rugged and beautiful surroundings of this luxurious guest ranch.
7. Proposal Coach: Most people don’t have a lot of experience proposing marriage, yet it’s one of the most important moments of their lives. To make it truly special, the Proposal Coach at the Stowe Mountain Lodge, in Stowe, Vermont will help create a personalized, romantic experience to set the stage, leaving the future spouse nothing to worry about except “popping the question.”
8. Soap Concierge: After you’re escorted to your villa at the Viceroy Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, your very first visitor is the Soap Concierge. Guests select from a variety of handcrafted soaps that have been formulated according to ancient Mayan traditions with local, organic ingredients. While the most popular choices year round are lime, lemon and chocolate, other scents vary with the seasons: cinnamon in the winter and melon in the spring.
9. Tanning Concierge: When traveling to a warm and sunny locale, guests may need some advice on sun protection and attaining that perfect bronze glow. The Tanning Concierge at the W Scottsdale in Arizona can arrange for an in-room air brush tan or suggest the appropriate sun protection factor (SPF). Guests will return home with just the right tan to make all their friends and co-workers green with envy.
10. Fragrance Butler: Maybe your guests have left their signature fragrance at home or perhaps couldn’t get it through security due to flight restrictions on liquids. Here’s a chance for them to try something new after a visit from the Fragrance Butler at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, New York, New York; Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada; Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas, Texas; or Rosewood Sand Hill, Menlo Park, California. 10 different perfumes and colognes are delivered on a silver platter (including Chanel, Givenchy and Hermes as well as other famous brands) and after you’ve made your selection, the butler and his fragrances are available to you again whenever you need them. This is one of the most requested services at all of these properties.
11. Hotel Beekeeper: At the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, Colorado and the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Ontario, the Hotel Beekeeper is busy establishing hives and maintaining the health of the bees on their rooftops. In their effort to stem the decline of honeybees in North American, the beekeepers not only care for the hives, but harvest the honey for the hotel’s special afternoon tea.
12. Sunglass Doctor: At Four Seasons Resort in Lanai, Hawaii, your Sunglass Doctor is dedicated to maintaining your sunny accessory around the pool by repairing any dings, scratches, and broken temples as well as replacing nose pads. Polishing cloths at the ready, he also provides loaner shades if needed. He cleans about 80 pairs of sunglasses a day and lends out about 100 pairs a year.
This is just a sampling of the unique services hotels offer to provide guests with a special and memorable experience. There are plenty we didn’t cover in this article such as Fish Valet, Duckmaster, Hot Cocoa Butler, Tobacco Sommelier and Vibe Manager, to name a few. Today, top hotels are finding fun and quirky hotel jobs to liven up the guest experience.